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  1. Letter captures zest for life that dementia has stolen

    13 June 2017

    Richenda Rudman wrote a letter to residential aged care staff so they understood who her mother Denise was before dementia. It was a cathartic process which she hopes will remind busy staff of her mother’s humanity.

  2. Maggie Beer Foundation tour inspires chefs in residential aged care

    28 April 2017

    Maggie Beer visited regional towns in northern NSW recently to promote the use of fresh food within residential aged care homes.

  3. Tool supports staff to discuss elderly people’s spiritual needs

    26 April 2017

    Today Meaningful Ageing Australia launched a screening tool designed to better equip staff and volunteers to discuss the spiritual needs of elderly people.

  4. From music into silence; new documentary celebrates Peter Roberts’ courage and heart

    15 March 2017

    Thousands of people nearing death have found peace in the sounds and silences created by Peter Roberts and his harp. His inspiring transformation from furniture retailer to music thanatologist has been captured in a feature-length documentary, to be released later this year.

  5. Russell Armstrong is dying to talk

    14 March 2017

    Spiritual care worker Russell Armstrong has spent much of his professional life helping others to process the unwelcome reality of their dying. He answers questions from the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter.

  6. Walking and talking helps bereaved to process grief

    16 February 2017

    For people grieving the loss of a loved one, a simple program that enables them to walk and talk with trained volunteers is making a difference.

  7. From little things, big things grow; how moving stories sprouted from salvaged seedlings

    16 February 2017

    An inspired effort to save tree seedlings gives palliative care patients a sense of purpose while in hospital.

  8. Making a dying parent’s life as good as possible; experiences of a teenage carer

    24 November 2016

    As a teenager Kathryn Dwan devoted six months of her life to caring for her father as he died of AIDS following a blood transfusion in the 1980s. She shares the impact that caring had on her, as a teenager and later as an adult, and how her simple acts of love contributed to her father’s spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

  9. Lina Ayoubi is dying to talk

    18 November 2016

    At the end of her life practising Muslim, Lina Ayoubi, would want to perform five prayers each day. She would want any pain to be made bearable, without being sedated, and would enjoy feeling the warmth of the sun. In the absence of grandchildren, she would settle for images of her daughter’s cat being beamed in.

  10. How to uphold patient dignity at the end of life

    15 November 2016

    At the end of life, dignity is a concept we tend to associate with managing basic bodily functions. More powerful however is a dying person’s perception of how they are seen by others, according to an international expert in dignity and palliative care.

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